Youth Swimming Initiative
Princeton Children's Fund is thrilled to partner with a motivated, socially-conscious, and driven young woman and work with her to extend the reach of her youth swimming program. Join us in supporting Emily and the Princeton Youth Swimming Initiative!
In the spirit of "being the change we are waiting for", meet Emily Becker, now a senior at Princeton High School. She has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Community Park Pool, coached the CP Bluefish swim team, and swims competitively herself for the PHS swim team as well as a USA swim team in Pennington. She is a Red Cross certified lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. She is also the type of young adult that will make the world a better place. In fact, she's doing just that here in Princeton.
While working as a lifeguard at Community Park pool, Emily observed several children in the pool who could not swim. Their lack of water safety skills was troublesome* for them and concerning for a lifeguard. Emily spoke with the children and learned that typical swim instruction presented too much of a financial challenge for them to participate. So Emily took matters into her own hands. She created a swim program and worked with Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center to pilot the program for at-risk students. The pilot was a success and Emily has been teaching students to swim for 2 years. One of her first students even joined a competitive swim team! With your support, Emily can teach swimming, a necessary life skill, to students in Princeton who will truly benefit.
The Swim Program
Most students start the program unable to swim, and by the end of the first 8-week session are comfortable in the water and able to swim freestyle for a short distance. They are on their way to becoming confident swimmers. With a donation of just over $150, you can provide a child with the life skill of swimming. Please donate today to support the program costs associated with the swim initiative and allow Emily continue to make a difference in our town!
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* According to the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention, approximately 5,000 children 14 years of age and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year.